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  MSNBC    Way Too Early With Willie Geist    News/Business. New.  

    February 15, 2011
    5:30 - 6:00am EST  

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and the kansas j hawks were the number one team in the country for all of about 12 hours yesterday. the question is what to do with all those we're number one foam fingers after the upset in manhattan. it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early," the show that starts every day upset in manhattan. glad you are up watching on msnbc or listening on serioa si radio. you can text us and let us know why you're awake. the next 30 minutes is your cram session for this tuesday, february 15th. lots to tell you about today, including shirley sherrod filing a lawsuit against andrew brightbart whose doctored online video got her fired from the usda. and can alex trebek be
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condescending to a computer? what do you think? oh, sorry. first the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. a pro-democracy wave triggered by revolutions in egypt and tunisia is teeni iheating up as egyptian official says changes to the country's constitution will be temporary until democratic rule is established. the latest nation dealing with unrest is iran where activists are clashing with security forces. yoed o yesterday one person was reported killed and dozens more wounded. media coverage there is highly restricted, video posted on the internet shows confrontations between demonstrators and police. against that backdrop, secretary of state hillary clinton will deliver a major policy address today. she is expected to challenge
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states to embrace internet freedom. speaking on capitol hill yesterday, clinton expressed support for the opposition in iran. >> let me very clearly and directly support the aspirations of the people who are in the streets in iran today. what we see happening in iran today is a testament to the courage of the iranian people and an indictment of the hip pock kracy of the iranian regime. police in bahrain are reportedly using tear gas to break up the funeral procession. in yemen, thousands are protesting for a fifth straight day demanding for political reforms and the ouster of the u.s. allied president. in algeria, demonstrators won a key concession as officials announce the country's 20-year state of emergency would be
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lifted in the coming days. that development came days after hundreds battled with security forces. as the arab and muslim world experiences what it calls an earthquake, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is promising his country's military is ready for all eventualities. one day after president obama presented congress with his budget for fiscal year 2012, the focus in washington shifts this morning to more immediate spending needs. later today the house will open debate on legislation that would fund government activities through the rest of this fiscal year and cut more than 60 billion from current spending. as for the president's proposed $3.7 trillion plan, it lays out a path to cut the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next decade. largest cuts come in mandatory spending including social programs, defense spending, discretionary spending and interest on debt. the president says his plan contains tough choices and fis
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commission concluded, the only way to truly tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it, in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes. so what we've done here is make a down payment, but there's going to be more work that needs to be done and it will require democrats and republicans coming together to make it happen. >> the president says this is just the beginning but republicans want more. >> americans reject the idea that they have to live with another $13 trillion in debt to fund the president or anyone else's vision of the future. the budget was an opportunity for the president to lead. he punted. >> we got a punt. the president punted on the budget and he punted on the deficit and on the debt. that's not leadership. that's an avocation of leadership.
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>> former gop senator judd gregg, the recently retired former chairman of the senate budget committee is criticizing republican force ns for not off serious plan of his own. he said the president ought to force house republicans to put forward their plan. >> i can't understand why you have back-channel people in the white house saying we like it but we're not going to talk about it instead of the president stepping up saying, okay, my commission came forward with some ideas. you republicans either join that commission proposal or else you come up with your own ideas and call the bluff of the republican house members on the issues of entitlements. >> john boehner saying the president's budget will destroy jobs by spending too much, taxing too much and borrowing too much. the president's budget is not winning the future it's spending the future. nancy pelosi says the president's budget takes critical steps forward while
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helping us live within our means and reducing the deficit. but the democratic chairman of the congressional black caucus criticized the plan saying rebuilding our economy on the backs of the most vulnerable americans is something i simply cannot accept. hillary clinton firing back at spending levels outlined by house republicans late last week saying they would endanger the country's national security. >> we have undertaken over the last two years our own sweeping reform effort to put taxpayer dollars to work more effectively. but the scope of the proposed house cuts is massive. the truth is that cuts of that level will be detrimental to america's national security. >> and defense secretary robert gates is fighting with congress over military spending for this year saying the pentagon cannot do its job with cuts of more than $9 billion proposed. >> i'm concerned that the debate over the defense budget in recent days and weeks is
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becoming increasingly distant from strategic and operational reality. distant, in other words, from the real world. in fact, suggestions to cut defense by this or that large number have largely become exercises and simple math. divorced from serious considerations of capabilities, risk, and the level and resources needed to protect this country's security and vital interests around the world. >> as the house debates the spending bill for the current fiscal year today, the administration will defend obama's budget proposal to skeptical congressional committees. jack lou and treasury secretary tim geithner will be grilled today and continue their appearances through thursday along with a number of obama cabinet secretaries. the house has agreed to extend three key provisions of the patriot act, overcoming earlier opposition from conservatives and progressives concerned about infringements on civil liberties.
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the measure which deals with surveillance of lone wolf suspects, and wiretaps passed 275-144. it now goes to the senate which must act before the bill expiring at the end of this month. yesterday's action came a week after house republican leaders failed to get the legislation approved under a fast-track approach normally reserved for noncontroversial issues. former agriculture department employee shirley sherrod is suing conservative blogger andrew brightbart over a video he posted last summer which she claims made her appear racist and led to her dismissal. the usda and white house apologized for the firing and offered to rehire sherrod but she declined. she claims emotional distress and financial damages. arizona is considering a bill requiring hospitals to report illegal immigrants who show up for treatment. under the measure's provisions,
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staff would have to ask if a person is in the country legally before admitting them for nonemergency care. in emergency situations, hospitals would be allowed to treat illegal immigrants first and ask questions later. if it's passed, any hospital refusing to comply could be sued by the state. opponents say the bill will scare people into not seeking medical attention if they know they can be deported. a new report in the "new york times" warns that the cost of the nation's raw materials, livestock feed and energy are on the rise meaning americans should expect to pay more from a package of cold cuts to a washing machine this fall. not only are cotton prices near the highest level in more than a decade, but corn, sugar, wheat, pork and coffee costs are soaring. in addition, many big companies including kraft, polo, ralph lauren and hanes say they cannot hold off any longer and must raise prices to protect some profits. did you hear this story? cbs reporter in los angeles seen
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talking, well, gibberish in a live post-grammy report is telling her bosses she feels fine and her mangled speech was not indicative of a medical problem. the reporter was responding to concerns she may have suffered a stroke or some other seizure during this report. >> well, a very, very heavy tonight -- we had a very -- >> she was immediately examined by paramedics on the scene following that report but was not hospitalized. she was reportedly resting at home yesterday. >> let's take an early look at the markets as we get up in your business this morning. steve sedgwick is live in london. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning to you. good news out of the auto sector. a couple years ago the industry was in trouble, now gm is joining the likes of ford and chrysler and handing out good bonuses to workers. handing out a record $189
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million to hourly workers. there are 45,000 of these workers represented by the uaw union. they will get at least $4,000 each. that's a record level. they will get that money march 25th. also seems news leaking out of apple that they may be fed up with the rivals, cheaper rivals to their iphone. they are potentially coming out with a new phone which will be around 200 bucks, compared to the iphone 4, which is 600 bucks. this is to go up against the threat of google which is putting android in a whole host of cheaper phones. back to you. >> thank you very much. still ahead on "way too early," the kansas state wildcats were not terribly impressed with their in-state rivals national ranking. the kansas jayhawks had a long night on the road in manhattan and turn in that number one card on the way out the door. president george w. bush gets teary on the "today" show,
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and surely he can get comfort from his wife or maybe she will just mock him. >> these were the last of the soldiers who for more than nine years tried to suppress the muslim guerrilla opposition. the soviet commander in afghanistan was the last man out, walking the last 200 yards with his young son.
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2:45 in the morning los angeles international airport. not doing a lot of business now. let's check the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. what happened to the spring
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weather yesterday? >> in and out. little tease. a little valentine's day treat and this morning it's a didn't story. the winds are still up. windchills are cold once again especially northern new england. this is a one-day little return to winter. then tomorrow we warm it back up. be prepared, the winds are still howling. hartford just had a gust of 39 miles per hour. the windchill in albany is negative 1. we'll have a windchill of 17 in new york. d.c. at 24. today at least it's sunny. we don't have any snow in the forecast at all for the next week. it will be up and down with the temperatures. today 32 in new york. only 23 in boston. the warm air, it's back on the way. look at dallas, 73 degrees. denver at 64. eventually that warm air will move across the country. not bad in atlanta today at all. in chicago, by wednesday, 51. new york, 47. it's literally a one-day little shot of cold air. >> 51 in chicago.
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it was 1 when we were there last week. they will be celebrating in the streets. >> thank you very much. time for sports. the kansas jayhawks named yesterday the number one team in college basketball and it lasted, i don't know, 10, 12 hours. on the road against in-state rival, kansas state, jayhawks got shredded. first half, wildcats jacob polen with the hesitation move and floater. he would score 38 points in an 84-68 upset. this one wasn't even close. k state fans, the kids storming the court at the final buzzer in manhattan. kansas will be number one no longer. tiger woods coughing up more controversy. the european tour is fining tiger for spitting on the course. stop it. during the dubai desert classic on sunday. cameras caught him on the 12th green after missing a putt. who cares. woods went to twitter to apologize saying the euro tour
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was right. it was inconsiderate to spit like that and i wasn't thinking. just wanted to say i'm sorry. euro tour hasn't said how much the fine will be. justin bieber and mike gundy apparently have a mutual respect thing going. they show it in their choice of ring tones. here's what we heard when bieber's phone rang during a live interview with radio disney last week. >> i went bungee jumping, it was fu fun. >> i'm a man! >> that's my ring tone for everything. >> it is. >> come after me! i'm a man! i'm 40! don't go after some kid who's been doing everything right! >> bieber's ring is borrowed from head coach mike gundy's now world famous rant in 2007. >> where are we at in society today? come after me!
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i'm a man! i'm 40! i'm not a kid! write something about me. >> coach gundy was defending his quarterback against some criticism in the press, but then something interesting happened when coach gundy's phone rang during a news conference yesterday. >> and understands the game and can relate well with the players. all three of these guys fit that. ♪ baby baby >> it can't be pure coincidence that justin bieber has your ring tone and you have him as your ring tone? >> i changed mine last night. i felt if he was going to use mine, i should use his. >> coming up, president obama prepares for a fight over his budget. and when we come back, we'll huddle up around the water cooler to hear charlie sheen explain the real reason behind the "two and a half men work
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stoppage." he said he was ready for work. he showed up for work. problem is, nobody was there.
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the budget battle officially under way as president obama and republicans argue in public over the best ways to make a dent in this country's deficit.
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if you want to sound smart tell your friends that the federal budget is divided into three major categories, mandatory spending, discretionary spending and interest payments on public debt. mandatory spending continues annually. discretionary spending must be voted on each year and interest payments made on the public debt accumulated by our government. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch barbara bush console her choked up husband on the "today" show. it happened yesterday morning. jenna bush hager interviewing her grandparents who have been married since 1945 and if h.w. was looking for a shoulder to cry on, barbara didn't quite give it to him. >> mom used to tell me, now, george, don't walk ahead. >> you never listened to your mother. >> little did i know i was only trying to keep up with barbara pierce in new york.
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i love you. >> i love you, too. you know what? you could be speaker of the house. >> barbara bush, she is still lightning quick. married 66 years the bushes. charlie sheen, he's usually married for about 66 days. he got himself into trouble, had the suitcase and the important stars over the house. he was on the dan patrick radio show yesterday saying he was ready go back to work. he showed up at the warner brothers lot banging on doors but nobody was ready to get back to work with him. >> how'd you lose your voice? >> you know, i went back to work. i was banging on the stage door. hello? where is everybody? i don't know what happened. i guess they're closed. >> they won't let you back in. >> nobody told me. nobody told me. i just figured i'm supposed to go back to work. i'm ready. >> you're on hiatus. >> no, we're on forced hiatus. they said you get ready, we'll
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get ready. i got ready, i went back, nobody is there. i am ready, they're not. bring it. >> charlie sheen says he is peeing clean right now. jeopardy, an interesting week on jeopardy. you have your ken jennings on the left, another guy on the right, and in the middle the ibm computer watson. a computer playing against humans. let's watch alex trebek. >> you are about to witness what may prove to be an historic competition. an exhibition match pitting an ibm computer system against the two most celebrated and successful players in jeopardy history. the first modern crossword puzzle is published and oreo cookies are introduced. >> ken. >> what are the '20s. >> watson? >> what is 1920s.
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>> no. ken said that. stylish elegance or students who all graduated in the same year. watson? >> what is chic. >> what is class. >> whatson is very bright, very fast but he has some weird little moments once in a while. >> no, ken said that, you stupid computer. the computer is actually tied rite now for first place. jennings bringing up the rear. playing again tonight. still ahead on "way too early," your texts and e-mails in the form of a question and "morning joe" just moments away. ever wish vegetables didn't taste so vegetably? well, v8 v-fusion juice gives you a full serving of vegetables, plus a full serving of fruit. but it just tastes like fruit. v8. what's your number? when your eyes are smiling... you're smiling. and when they're laughing... you're laughing. be kind to your eyes...
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